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402nd Civil Affairs Battalion

The distinctive unit insignia for the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion was approved on 15 January 1993, consisting of a silver color metal and enamel device, consisting of a shield blazoned: Quarterly Purpure and Argent, a torch of the Second enflamed Or and a sword point downward saltirewise Sable, an inescutcheon of the Third. Attached below the shield a Black scroll doubled and inscribed "PROVIDE ORDER" in Silver. Purple and white are the colors traditionally associated with Civil Affairs organizations. Gold is emblematic of honor and achievement; the color black underscores strength and determination. T he sword and the torch are adapted from the Civil Affairs insignia of branch. The quartered shield represents the four missions of the unit - to conduct civil military cooperation, to reduce civilian interference in military operations, to identify and acquire host nation support, and to advise the commander on legal/moral considerations. The small gold shield at center symbolizes protection for civilian s in the transition.

The coat of arms was approved on 15 January 1993, consisting of a wreath of the colors Argent and Purpure, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, Sculptor), stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts. Purple and white are the color traditionally associated with Civil Affairs organizations. Gold is emblematic of honor and achievement; the color black underscores strength and determination. The sword and the torch are adapted from the Civil Affairs insignia of branch. The quartered shield represents the four missions of the unit - to conduct civil military cooperation, to reduce civilian interference in military operations, to identify and acquire host nation support, and to advise the commander on legal/moral considerations. The small gold shield at center symbolizes protection for civilians in the transition.




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